OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Review - Part 11 - Comparison with Sony NEX-7

The following are some comparisons with the Sony NEX-7. Shot with the 12-50mm zoom on the Olympus and the 18-55mm zoom on the Sony. So you can get an idea of what the "kit" lenses are like.

For full-size high-res. examples > click on image > flickr > Actions > View all sizes > Original

First off are two jpg. files showing the lowest possible ISO of each camera.

100 - 200 -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

These are full size. I haven't resized either file in these (though there are two examples of that later) Its important to show that the Sony files are larger, since thats what people who buy and use the camera are going to shoot and use. I've also compared the Olympus at ISO 200 and the Sony at ISO 100. Again important to show, since those of us who want the best quality possible are always going to use the cameras base ISO setting. So the Olympus has to stand or fall by what it sets for this, in this case 200.

The following are examples of the High ISO jpg. output at 1600, 3200, 6400 and if you have the stomach for it 25,600 for the OM-D and 16,000 for the NEX-7

1600 -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

3200 -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

6400 -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

25600-16000 -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

Some of these are quite nasty. The blotchy Sony versions particularly have very little to do with a photograph!!

The following are two comparisons from raw files again shot at the lowest ISO possible for each camera. In the first example the Olympus file has been upsized to match the Sony and in the second the Sony file has been downsized to match the Olympus.

OM-D image processed in Capture One Pro Vers. 6 and the NEX-7 image in Adobe Camera Raw 7 in Photoshop CS6 (Beta) As per usual both images edited, to my personal taste, in Photoshop. Raw file links (possibly!) are below.

olympus-u-sony -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

olympus-sony-d -  Comparison between Olympus OM-D E-M5 12-50mm lens and SONY NEX-7 18-55mm lens

Finally, if this works, I've uploaded the two raw files to my Google Drive. This is the new cloud type storage for Google users. Hopefully you will be able to download these.

The Olympus .ORF file can be downloaded here
The Sony .ARW file can be downloaded here

I'm making no comment on the differences above other than to say at their base ISO's I'm perfectly happy with the results from both cameras.

See what you think.

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